Flying the flag for their school and the Ribble Valley

Oakhill students Poppy Morris, Pippa Morgan and Joseph Oakes, with their awards after their flag was chosen as the best to represent the  Ribble Valley and Hyndburn Schools Sports Partnership annual conference.
Oakhill students Poppy Morris, Pippa Morgan and Joseph Oakes, with their awards after their flag was chosen as the best to represent the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn Schools Sports Partnership annual conference.

A trio of award winning pupils flew their own flag for the Ribble Valley in a sporting event that also saw their school clinch the top prize.

The students, Poppy Morris, Pippa Morgan and Joseph Oakes, won individual awards in the cultural competition to design a flag to represent their borough at the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn Schools Sports Partnership annual conference.

All year six students at Oakhill School in Whalley, the trio's design had to encapsulate a passion for sport, the ethos of the games and an artistic flair.

After their design was judged to be the best it was made up and the students were invited to lead out the borough at the opening ceremony of the games, flying their flag.

The school came away with a handful of awards, but sports teacher Mrs Sarah Smith set a challenge to come top this year after being placed second in 2016.

And she achieved her dream when Oakhill was awarded the Challenge Cup for academic year 2016 to 2017.

Recognising busy, active and successful PE departments, schools are awarded points for every team they enter into competitions.

Bonus points are awarded if a school is placed at the event and Oakhill scored well after entering several teams in a number of sports with successes in football, dodgeball, basketball, orienteering, cricket, golf and athletics.

Mrs Smith said: "This is a fantastic achievement that we are very proud of thanks to the fantastic hard work of our pupils, staff and coaches."